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I may not always have been the regular customer at P&D Hobby Shop in Fraser, MI, but this is another victim of online shopping and the post pandemic ...

Actually it's more a victim of the driving force (Pat) passing on.

There's a lot of this happening lately in our hobby.

In each case the same question comes up: Who's going to take over?

Thanks for the many, many good years Pat.  We miss you.

Mike

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Actually it's more a victim of the driving force (Pat) passing on.

There's a lot of this happening lately in our hobby.

In each case the same question comes up: Who's going to take over?

Thanks for the many, many good years Pat.  We miss you.

Mike

Ouch. You have a point. I don't know what hobby shop owners do outside of their business other than have families to spend time with.

Speaking of families, I do recall that Empire Hobbies was run by an excellent family who treated me like I was one of their family, and their names were Ken, Jake, and Sandy. It turns out that Ken and Sandy retired from managing and owning the store, and Jake must have went on to finish school, meaning that poor Empire Hobbies closed in the summer of 2019. It was a great place when I started going there at 18 years old.

I only got to P &D twice, wanted to get there much more, but it was a long drag to the area and around Detroit.  With changes and downsizing of Chicago O scale stores, there was nothing else in the Midwest.  So now, what can be considered a source for O scale and parts?  I haven't even heard of one in the North East...Sorry this is happening..

Charles Ro in Malden, Mass and Northeast Trains in Peabody, Mass, both have brick and mortar stores (as well as on-line sales) in the North East and are well stocked.

There are several other stores scattered about in New England.

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I only got to P &D twice, wanted to get there much more, but it was a long drag to the area and around Detroit.  With changes and downsizing of Chicago O scale stores, there was nothing else in the Midwest.  So now, what can be considered a source for O scale and parts?  I haven't even heard of one in the North East...Sorry this is happening..

I've been to the Berwyn Train Store in the Chicago area with my dad, not to mention Zitnik's Trains in Pinellas Park, FL, Depot Town & Hobby in Cleveland, OH, another one in Youngstown, OH, and two or three stores in Pennsylvania.

P & D Parts order placed today for some super detail parts and P48 wheelsets, fingers crossed.  Email says order in process so hopefully I get all I need.  P&D and Des Plaines were my "go to" for super detailing supplies and with the deaths of Pat and Ron I feel like a huge hole has emerged in the hobby.  I started shopping at both of those stores in the late 80's.  Glad Des Plaines is still going, GREAT store!!

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